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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2013) 28 (3 (84)): 67–101.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Schmid), Fränze (Helen Vita), Cilly (Annemarie Düringer), Trude (Irm Hermann), the Whore of Babylon (uncredited), the waitress (Elke Haltaufderheide), and Mieze (Barbara Sukowa). Across successive episodes, these minor characters offer a version of seriality inside the serial form that is Berlin...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2008) 23 (1 (67)): 47–67.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Michael DeAngelis With Russell Crowe character attributes that might code the star as a narcissistic diva are recontextualized, constructing an authentic figure whose occasional acting out enhances his masculinity rather than feminizing him. This article contrasts the notion of the performer as an...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2017) 32 (2 (95)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2017
... assumed heteronormativity of the characters in the script as well as by not limiting who can be cast as each character: a straight white man, for instance, can find himself playing a queer woman of color. Coffee troubles the idea of the gaze in the sense of being a transparent production wherein the...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2017) 32 (2 (95)): 185–192.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the usual flow of information between the player and their player-character. In this text-based Twine game, players assume the role of an unnamed, unknown “you” as you spend a final moment with your lover. Made for the prompt “Ten Seconds,” its most notable feature is an omnipresent ten-second timer...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2018) 33 (3 (99)): 103–127.
Published: 01 December 2018
... herself through the characters she develops and the milieus that dominate her cinema. While there is an absence of glamour, romance, and sentimentality, the characters also do not dwell in a state of material precarity; the insecurity they face is instead personal and social. Three tendencies distinguish...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2009) 24 (2 (71)): 161–183.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Ewan Kirkland This article explores construction and representation of masculinity in the “survival horror” video-game series Silent Hill . Noting the dominance of traditional male characters and masculine themes within the video-game medium, the Silent Hill franchise is seen as deviating from this...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2009) 24 (3 (72)): 1–39.
Published: 01 December 2009
... child, Temple's adorable characters both naturalized and eroticized the racial exploitation these films celebrated. For in her performances of complex racial, sexual, and gendered masquerades, Temple's characters engaged in forms of passing that were crucial to the domestication of blackness during this...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Anthony Reed This article situates Spike Lee's neglected collaboration with Suzan-Lori Parks, Girl 6 (US, 1996), as part of a broader shift in Lee's understandings of race in the neoliberal era. Its main character, simply called Girl 6 (Theresa Randle), aspires to be an actress, but after a...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2014) 29 (1 (85)): 137–159.
Published: 01 May 2014
... character and plot. Indie cinema’s investment in realism amounts to an interest in character and certain types of characterization over a high-­concept plot and visuals. The drama focuses on human behavior and interaction that, rather than supporting the narrative, is the narrative. In the rhetoric...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2016) 31 (2 (92)): 27–59.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of the modern mire of economic and intimate abjection. Their means of bonding, too, are characterized by isolation, even when the characters are in a social group. The women are all uniquely other, and as a result, the shows are able to interpellate viewers who recognize these subjects...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2016) 31 (1 (91)): 165–173.
Published: 01 May 2016
... films seek to establish empathy with characters ostracized from the boundaries of community by their physical disabilities and draws a connection between these efforts and the studio's recent animated public service announcement for Lantern Software, a program designed to circumvent government Internet...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2017) 32 (2 (95)): 165–173.
Published: 01 September 2017
... compiled a list (already more than 700 titles long) of games that include LGBTQ characters and references. The archive was published online ( lgbtqgamearchive.com ) and made available to the public in spring 2016. For each game in the archive, Shaw and her collaborators include a description of the game's...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2017) 32 (3 (96)): 33–61.
Published: 01 December 2017
... ensemble, Modern Family relationally racializes Asian American, Latinx, and Black recurring and side characters through performances of cultural capital. Their differences deviate from the sexual modernity represented by the program’s core white families. Despite the token representations of racial...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2017) 32 (3 (96)): 93–119.
Published: 01 December 2017
... contradistinction to popular readings that view Yunioshi as a regrettable mark on an otherwise untainted film, the essay shows how the character of Yunioshi served not merely as a comedic stereotype but as a technology of race, sexuality, and gender that helped mediate the problems the producers encountered in...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2018) 33 (2 (98)): 41–67.
Published: 01 September 2018
... more defining of who they are than their minds and bodies. Rejecting aliveness as an intrinsic human quality, Nymphomaniac and Under the Skin reconceive of their characters as bags, rocks, and projectiles—and also, meta-reflexively, as beams of light. Invoking thinkers such as Jacques Rancière, Edward...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 September 2018) 33 (2 (98)): 161–195.
Published: 01 September 2018
... and publicity that surrounded Tierney’s transformation. It argues that her shifting star image accommodated the different conceptions of the Laura character both at diegetic and extradiegetic levels, but made haute couture beauty accessible to the home front by concealing an ornamental process of...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2019) 34 (1 (100)): 91–97.
Published: 01 May 2019
... working, especially on documentary and installation pieces; her preference for frontal shots; her lack of interest in rules, realism, and character psychology; and her humor. The tribute closes with the filmmaker’s own words on her last film, No Home Movie (Belgium/France, 2015). Copyright © 2019 Camera...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2008) 23 (3 (69)): 137–157.
Published: 01 December 2008
...David Copenhafer In David Lynch's Blue Velvet , music is a key component of the film's intricate staging of gender and sexuality. “Mourning and Music” interprets four scenes in which characters either sing songs or imitate singing. It argues that the unsettling appearance of gender and sexuality...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 May 2010) 25 (1 (73)): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2010
... become apparent. When, for instance, a recurring ghostly tracking shot insistently links Rebecca and Rope in defiance of a general critical segregation, it becomes necessary to retest the boundaries of character and diegesis on which criticism habitually relies. Taking up residence between and beyond his...
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Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (1 December 2011) 25 (3 (75)): 69–99.
Published: 01 December 2011
... characterization of Arnold as a black Belgian highlights the fact that there are no major Kenyan characters in The Constant Gardener. Instead, we see a range of minor Kenyan (Mis)Imagining Africa in the New Millennium  •  77 characters in various occupations. This representation of...